The term ‘special approval’ may refer to:
- Dean of Faculty approvals
If you do not meet the prerequisites or co-requisites for a unit, you can apply for a waiver.
A prerequisite is a unit that must be completed, or a requirement that must be satisfied, before you can enrol in a unit. A co-requisite is a unit that must be completed prior to, or at the same time as, a unit.
Waivers are used when a student's academic progression is held up by a technicality, changed pre-requisite or co-requisite for a unit. Departments in general do not approve waivers, as pre-requisites and co-requisites are deemed to be necessary for the successful completion of the unit.
Dean of Faculty approval
These are required for some special units, such as research projects.
Special approval is a privilege not a right. If an application is not approved there is no appeal process for waivers or Dean of Faculty approval. Students may appeal to the academic appeals committee if they are not allowed to enrol in a unit for the third (or subsequent) time.
How to apply
Special approval applications are submitted online via AskMQ.
- Log in using your OneID
- Indicate the type of special approval you are seeking:
- Prerequisite waiver
- Dean of Faculty approval
- Follow the prompts and fill out all the necessary information, including for which session you are applying and why you should be granted the special approval
To attach a supporting document, click ‘Add a reply’ and then ‘Browse’ to add the document.
You will receive an automated receipt email after submission to your Macquarie student email account.
A waiver is required for each unit for which you are seeking approval.
You can submit an online enquiry if you require further assistance.
Faculty of Business and Economics students
Any questions about the Special Approval process should be directed to BESS in the first instance.